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Round-Up

Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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* Prime Minister Tony Blair said on January 16 that setting up an English Parliament would be 'unworkable'. Speaking on the three-hundredth anniversary of the union between England and Scotland, he said that the population of England was already in the vast majority and had no need of further representation. Keeping the union with Scotland was 'crucial' to national security and the economy, he added. A break-up of the Union would have 'catastrophic consequences for the Scottish economy' and be an 'incredibly regressive and reactionary step'.

* Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has said the government is planning to introduce 'behaviour orders' - similar to Antisocial Behaviour Orders - for people considered to be at risk of committing a violent crime. 'If there's evidence that you could commit a violent offence in the future, proper evidence of that proved in a court, then why shouldn't you be restrained from committing that violent offence?' he asked. The orders would put curfews or other restrictions on potential offenders, even if they had no criminal convictions.

* Fife Council In Scotland has been given the go-ahead to extend its suspension of tenants' right to buy their council homes for the next five years. The Scottish Executive has agreed to 'pressurised area status' covering 13 areas. The move applies only to tenancies which began after September 30,2002. Deputy Communities Minister Des McNulty said: 'Fife Council is the first authority to make a second application to suspend the right to buy. …

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